Our last few days in Namibia: astrophysics and zoology

During the last few days of our road trip, we made our way southwards from Etosha to Windhoek. We stopped off at a few tourist sites along the way.

We stopped off near the town of Tsumeb to see the Hoba meteroite, the world’s largest. It is mostly Iron and Nickel, weighs approx. 50 tonnes, and was found almost 100 years ago in a farmer’s field.

We then went to the Waterberg Game Park and camped there for the night. We were able to hike up to the top of the plateau. On the way we were buzzed by loads of large flying insects.

We made the most of the cloudless and moonless night to observe the Milky Way from our dark and deserted campsite…

We then stopped off to visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund near Otjiwarongo, where we could observe the cheetahs close-up (including a female named Nina!), and also learn more about this endangered animal. Over half of the world’s cheetah population live in Namibia, in part thanks to it’s conservation efforts.

À Otjiwarongo on a également visité une ferme de crocodiles, où ils élèvent des milliers de ces reptiles (pour la peau).

We also stopped by a crocodile farm in Otjiwarongo, where thousands of the dangerous reptiles are bred for their meat & skins. (Note by Gary: our campsite just happened to be on the other side of the fence to this farm. We had a restless night!)

Hard to imagine that we are soon going from one of the least densely populated nations to one of the world’s largest cities (New Delhi). Extreme culture shock ahead! But we have one more stop before then…